Microsoft Build Conference 2011: Ted Neward’s Take on Day 1

21 September 2011

It was awesome to get community feedback on what is going on with Windows 8. In this post I do a little recap of what Ted Neward had to say after day 1. Here is a summary:

  • Reactions to Windows 8 (specifically the tablet and store stories)
  • Comments about Microsoft’s Execution and strategy behind releasing hardware and bits
  • Thoughts on the FUD (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt) coming into the //BUILD/ Conference
  • Ideas on the tight integration (AKA WinRT) as well as new app contracts
  • Thoughts on what DevExpress can do in this new model
  • Jedi words of wisdom – Patience and execution

Take a look at the interview:

Ted Neward BUILD Conference

The coolest thing about Ted is that he has the pragmatic edge to help us understand what is really going on and how we can move forward.

As always, if there are any comments and/or questions, feel free to get a hold of me!

Seth Juarez
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5 comment(s)
Sigurd Decroos

I like Windows 8, certainly after turning off 'Metro' Start page in the registry. Now I have a Windows 8 which is very fast and responsive, without the green tiles jumping in front of my eyes :).

21 September, 2011
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Sigurd,

How much faster? And how did you turn off the registry?

Btw, w/o that new Metro UI, you just have a UI similar Windows 7. :)

21 September, 2011
Mehul Harry (DevExpress)

Sigurd,

How much faster? And how did you turn off the registry?

Btw, w/o that new Metro UI, you just have a UI similar Windows 7. :)

21 September, 2011
Sigurd Decroos

HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer

The value 0 enables the start menu (disables metro), the value 1 disables it again.

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About the speed... I've tested Windows 8 on a laptop from 2004 (Intel Centrino, 2GB ram, ATI Radeon X600). My ERP app, mainly DevExpress & .Net 4.0, works faster and is more responsive than several laptops we have with Windows 7 from last year with 4GB ram. Impressive!

MS Office 2010 also works like a charm. The startup speed is like a dream and is almost like my Amiga 1200 from 1994 which booted in 15 seconds. So, we finally have a big imrpovement there. A lot less processes are started by Windows after boot which results in less memory use.

The UI looks like Windows 7, but the windows are completely rectangular, no rounded borders anymore. The buttons (minimize, ...) are also a bit different. Aero is about the same for the rest.

21 September, 2011
will s

This was an AWESOME video, I love that you got Ted's practical take.

Really appreciate all the videos from //build/, keep it up.

22 September, 2011

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